Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?
Posted by Michael D. Flaherty, CFP® on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:59
After years of dutiful payments, you find yourself in the enviable position of having enough accumulated savings or discretionary income that you could aggressively pay down—or completely pay off—your mortgage. But should you? Are there better ways to ensure your financial security?
Five Myths About Group Disability Insurance
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:58
You may think that the chances of becoming disabled during your working years are slight, and even if you did get hurt or had to miss time at work, you could get by because you have group disability insurance. Unfortunately, you may be in for a big surprise. Here are some myths and misunderstandings about group disability insurance.
Preparing for your 8,000-Day Retirement
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:46
On Tuesday, October 17, Canby Financial Advisors hosted a client event at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park titled “Preparing for your 8,000-Day Retirement” based upon research from the MIT AgeLab and presented by Stephen Parnell of Hartford Funds.
The MIT AgeLab has identified that Americans can expect a 22-year, or 8,000-day, retirement. The time will not pass homogeneously, but instead in four phases: The Honeymoon Phase, The Big Decision Phase, The Navigating Longevity Phase, and The Solo Journey Phase.
Read on for our advisors’ favorite lessons from the presentation.
Is the Cloud Secure Enough for Me?
Posted by Joelle Spear CFP® on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:01
Have you ever used Dropbox or Box.com? How about web-based mail, like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Hotmail? If you consider that all of these are clouds—as are most Google apps—it’s hard to find an Internet user who doesn’t have some information in the cloud.
As cloud-based services become more prevalent, you might be wondering: Is the cloud secure enough for storing and sharing my own information?
Company Stock and Your Portfolio: Keep your Eye on Concentration Risk
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:59
The opportunity to acquire company stock — inside or outside a workplace retirement plan — can be a lucrative employee benefit. But having too much of your retirement plan assets or net worth concentrated in your employer's stock could become a problem if the company or sector hits hard times and the stock price plummets.
Examining the Taxpaying Population: Where Do You Fit In?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:58
Every quarter, the Statistics of Income Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes financial statistics obtained from tax and information returns that have been filed with the federal government. Recently published reports reflect data gleaned from 2014 individual federal income tax returns. These reports offer a snapshot of how the U.S. population breaks down as taxpayers.
Is the Social Security Administration Still Mailing Social Security Statements?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:55
Your Social Security Statement provides important information about your Social Security record and future benefits. For several years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) mailed these statements every five years to people starting at age 25, but due to budgetary concerns, the SSA has stopped mailing Social Security Statements to individuals under age 60.
Alternative Options for Protecting Your Identity After the Equifax Breach
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:33
As part of our ongoing efforts to help keep your personal information as safe as possible, we want to remind you to stay on the lookout for the many security threats making the rounds in cyberspace today.
Medicare Basics You Need to Know
Posted by Daniel J. Flanagan, CPA/PFS, CFP®, AEP® on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:28
The concept of Medicare can be murky for soon-to-be retirees. If you learn basic enrollment guidelines and some of the nuances of various Medicare plans, you’ll be empowered with the knowledge you need to make better decisions—and avoid costly penalties. Here, we explore key points and address common questions about this federal health insurance program.
How do TIPS Help Fight Inflation?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:26
One way to help protect your portfolio against a sudden spike in inflation is by investing in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).
TIPS are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. They are sold in $100 increments and available in maturities of 5, 10, and 30 years. The principal is automatically adjusted twice a year to match any increases or decreases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If the CPI moves up or down, the Treasury recalculates your principal.